As much change as we’ve seen with tools over the last 6 or 7 years, there have been as many or more improvements in their accompanying accessories. Milwaukee’s latest-gen blade is called “Double Duty Upgrade,” and though it may sound like they’re stringing together adjectives like Top Gear’s “i-Hammer Eagle Thrust,” there actually is a method to the madness.
Dan Wolgram, Sr. Product Manager at Milwaukee Electric Tool, sums up the changes in the new Milwaukee blades:
“When blades break at the tang and buckle under stress, users have to waste valuable time on the job replacing them to continue the task at hand… As a result of this frustration, Milwaukee has created several new-to-world solutions that strengthen the blade at its weakest points, delivering the longest lasting blade on the market today.”
So what does all that boil down to? Simple: there are heavy grooves stamped into the tang of the blade that connect with the tool (marked in red) and provide a more stable platform that will deform the blade less. Along the shank there is a reinforcing honeycomb-shaped pattern for added strength and rigidity. Milwaukee claims this upgrade will double the life of the current generation blades — hence the name.
Whether or not it actually gives a 2x lifespan, we feel certain the improvements can’t hurt. Double sounds a dubious claim to us, but so did putting a bump in the gullet with The AX blade, and that worked like gangbusters.
Double Duty [Milwaukee Press Release]